Lincoln awarded national endowment for humanities grant to spearhead collaborative research project

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Dr. Gwinyai H. Muzorewa. Photo by Robert Williams.

Lincoln University, Pa – The Department of History, Political Science, Religion and Philosophy was recently awarded a $74,699 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities agency to plan an interpretive exhibition titled Journey to Sanctuary: The Philadelphia Story of Faith and Transformation in the Second Great Migration of African-Americans from the South.

Dr. Gwinyai H. Muzorewa, professor and department chair, is the principal investigator of the project.

“Lincoln University has a profound legacy in African American history,” said Muzorewa. “We are honored to lead such an historic project that will shed light on an important and under-documented piece of African American history.” 

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Through collaborative research between Lincoln University researchers and regional community organizations such as the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Philadelphia, and Historic Germantown, the Journey to Sanctuary exhibit will tell the story of valiant African Americans who ventured north to Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley area in search of greater freedoms and economic opportunities during the mid-20th century.

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Exhibition visitors will be immersed in the emotionally charged stories of migrants, as told through oral histories, music, photographs, archival documents, church artifacts, and treasured family possessions.

The exhibit will also showcase the substantial and prolonged impact the Great Migration had on Philadelphia and the northeast region.

Dr. Daryl Zizwe Poe, a history, political science, religion and philosophy professor, will serve on the project as a history scholar.

Julie Rainbow, an independent scholar and research informed artist, is the project creator, and will facilitate public programs, K-12 curricula, interactive web programming, and community dialogues to extend the project’s reach and enhance the experience for exhibit visitors.

Those interested in participating in the project or attending a community dialogue event can contact Dr. Gwinyai H. Muzorewa at

Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.